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Product details

  • Paperback: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Random House USA Inc; 1st Paperback Ed edition (11 April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679761284
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679761280
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 329,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Caleb Carr is a contributing editor of MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History and the series editor of the Modern Library War Series. His military and political writings have appeared in numerous magazines and periodicals, among them The World Policy Journal, The New York Times, and Time. He currently lives in upstate New York.


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An interesting account of Fredrick Townsend Ward's formation, training and leadership of China's Ever Victorious Army. While it never exceeded 6,000 soldiers due to Manchu paranoia, their adoption of western weapons and tactics allowed them to defeat much larger forces of poorly armed and led rebels. Working with British, French and Imperial Chinese troops, Ward cleared a 30 mile buffer zone around Shanghai, thwarting the Taiping Rebellion's last chance to gain a seaport vital as a source if supplies.

Ward was wounded many times and clearly believed he led a charmed life until the bullet that gut shot him. Ward's Corps was never as independently successful after his death, even under Gordon of Khartoum.

Ward never became a god. After becoming a Chinese citizen, he was promoted to a Mandarin and made a kind of saint for ancestor worship on his death. Such rewards reflected Manchu politics, being designed to impress colonial western powers in the years before the Boxer rebellion marked their abandonment of diplomacy.

Ward is a fascinating character whose life is obscured by the lack of reliable contemporary sources,
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A brilliant dissection of the career of a remarkable man - as epic in scope as was the life of Frederick Ward himself
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Another brilliant Caleb Carr book which does not disappoint. Excellent writer with twists and turns and suspence. Great holiday read
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Caleb Carr has a peculiar way of writing so involving that he can offer the readers a work of history as enticing as his thrillers are. I found the book accurate and involving. I read it all in one breath.
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Caleb Carr has a peculiar way of writing so involving that he can offer the readers a work of history as enticing as his thrillers are. I found the book accurate and involving. I read it all in one breath.
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